God is the One to Fear
There is an acronym that describes FEAR as False Evidence Appearing Real. However, the dictionary defines fear as an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain or threat. There are two types of fear. One is godly fear which is the fear of God, and the other is ungodly fear which is the lack of faith in God.
Godly fear is having respect and fear for our Creator and Law giver because He is the King and Supreme Being in all the universe. Revelation 4:11 says, “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” Psalm 76:7 says, “You God alone are to be feared, who can stand before you when you are angry?” Matthew 10:28 says, “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell”. Isaiah 8:13 also says, “The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, He is the one you are to fear, He is the one you are to dread.”
On the other hand, ungodly fear is the lack of faith in God. It is to be frightened, worried or in doubt of something. Ungodly fear is a lie. It seeks to paralyze us and prevent us from moving forward in the things of God. Ungodly fear comes upon us when we choose to reject God. In Deuteronomy 28:15, God warned the Israelites that if they failed to obey Him and follow His commands and decrees, curses will come upon them. Then verses 64-66 defines some of the curses, “Then the LORD will scatter you among all the nations, from one end of the earth to the other. There you will worship other gods-gods of wood and stone, which neither you nor your fathers have known. Among those nations you will find no repose, no resting place for the sole of your foot. There the LORD will give you an anxious mind, eyes weary with longing, and a despairing heart. You will live in constant suspense, filled with dread both night and day, never sure of life.” Whenever we fail to trust God, we give in to fear.
When we choose to fear, we exalt the circumstances above God. Whenever we choose fear, instead of faith in God, we regress and go backwards and lose out on what God has for us. The enemy seeks to paralyze and abort the plans and the purposes of God in our lives. We see an example of this in the book of Numbers 13, where the Israelites rejected God and instead gave into fear which caused a whole generation to lose out on the promise and blessings of entering the Promised Land.
God had delivered the nation of Israel from Egypt and was taking them to the Promised Land of Canaan. He told Moses to send 12 spies to spy out the land. Of the 12, only two came back with a good report, (Joshua and Caleb). They were the only ones who did not reject God and let fear come upon them. God was very angry with them because they had spread fear and disbelief throughout the whole camp, so He banned that whole generation from going into the Promised Land. Of that entire generation, only Joshua and Caleb entered the Promised Land. The others died during their 40 years of living in the wilderness. Giving into fear will cause us to regress and lose out on our destiny and the blessings of God.
What should we do if we are fearful and worried? How do we overcome our lack of faith in God?
- First, we need to confess fear as sin. Romans 14:23b says everything that does not come from faith is sin. 1 John 1:9 says, “if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just and will forgive us of our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
- Then we need to seek the LORD and ask Him to deliver us. Psalm 34:4-6 says, “I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. This poor man called, and the LORD heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles.”
- Next we have to resist fear! Whenever it comes, send it back to the sender. It is a lie from the devil. Send it back to him. Say return to sender and instead meditate and speak God’s truth. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “God has not given us a spirt of fear, but power, love and a sound mind.” Psalm 56:3-4 says, “When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me.”
- We also need to establish our heart in faith and trust in God’s Presence, His promises, His power, His protection and love. We need to renew our mind with God’s Word. In Hebrews 13:5-6, God promises to never leave us or forsake us. 1 John 4:18 says, “there is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”
- Never fail to seek godly counsel. God has provided godly counsel in the body of Christ.
So whenever fear challenges your ability to step out into faith, resist it. Each time you do, your faith muscles are being strengthened. Say faith prayers and trust in God. Do not exalt the circumstances over the LORD and His ability to protect, deliver and provide for you. Exercise your faith in Him. Fear says you can’t, but God says you are able. All is possible to those who believe.
May God help us to resist fear so we can walk in His faith, boldness, courage, strength, and peace in this new season, in Jesus’ name. Be a voice for the gospel. Wear Scriptures!
- Dionne Cameron